Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The New York Times: The Somali militants methodically separated the Christian workers from the Muslims and took the Christians to the side of a hill, near a gravel pit. Then they ordered the disbelievers to lie face down.
Baptist Press: “Islamic extremists from the rebel Al Shabaab militia last week publicly beheaded a mother of two girls and her cousin in southeastern Somalia after discovering they were Christians, Morning Star News reported from sources inside the country.”
CNSNews: The top ten countries for persecuting Christians over the last year were: North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran and Yemen.
Morningstar News: Gunmen who said they intended to kill a Christian in Mogadishu, Somalia for spreading his faith shot him to death last month, the victim’s neighbor said.
Telegraph: The first case of a child being trafficked to Britain in order to have their organs harvested has been uncovered.
Catholic Culture: A Catholic church in northern Kenya was attacked with grenades on September 25, in what is believed to be another action by the Somalian terrorist group Al Shabaab.
Christian Mother Killed, Boy Kidnapped in Somalia: Al Qaeda-linked rebels continue campaign to rid country of Christianity
Morning Star News: Islamic extremists from the Al Shabaab rebel group are suspected of killing a Christian woman in one town last week and kidnapping a 13-year-old boy from another, sources said.
Morning Star News: Suspected Islamic extremists in Somalia shot a Christian to death this month on the outskirts of the coastal city of Kismayo, sources said. (2/28)
Morning Star News: Islamic extremists from Somalia’s rebel Al-Shabaab militants on Friday (Nov. 16) killed a Christian in Somalia’s coastal city of Barawa, accusing him of being a spy and leaving Islam, Christian and Muslim witnesses said.
ABC: Somalia?s new president survived an assassination attempt on his second day in office when two suicide bombers blew themselves up Wednesday while trying to gain access into a heavily guarded hotel that is his temporary residence, officials and witnesses said.
AP: Militant leaders and foot soldiers from the militant group al-Shabab are fleeing to hideouts in a mountainous region of northeastern Somalia after facing increasing military pressure around Somalia’s capital, the prime minister said
EuropeNews.dk (Google Translation): In the southwest of the country is a Christian from a Muslim background kidnapped and beheaded. As the information service Compass Direct reports, Juma Nuradin Kamil was on 21 August was abducted allegedly by supporters of the radical Islamic group Al Shabaab.
AP: Somali Islamist rebels have beheaded at least 11 civilians in the capital in the past two weeks, a campaign of terror that residents said Friday is designed to show the insurgency can still act in Mogadishu after withdrawing from their bases there earlier this month.
AP: Hundreds of thousands of Somali children could die in the country’s famine unless more help arrives, a top U.S. official said Monday as Washington prepared to announce $100 million in new famine aid
AP: At least 25 people were killed on Wednesday when hundreds of Islamist insurgent fighters briefly seized a town in a region of northern Somalia that is usually relatively peaceful, an official said.
One News Now: Greg Musselman with Voice of the Martyrs, Canada says 21 year old Hassan Adawe Adan was gunned down by two Muslim extremists connected to the terrorist group. “He had converted from Islam to Christianity several months ago. And it was found out that he was a Christian. He was dragged out of his house, and he was shot and killed.”
CBC: “Top Canadian security officials say they have intercepted or intervened in a number of cases involving Canadian youths set to join the Somalia-based militant organization al-Shabaab, but in spite of their efforts many others may have joined the group.”
Pakistan Christian Post: “In Somalia, the Sunni Islamic fanatics called the Al-Shabaab (Al-Shabab) have once more killed a convert to Christianity and in true style the soldiers of Islam held down a Christian lady and slit her throat in front of many villagers. This hatred is clearly based on the teachings of Mohammed because he supported killing apostates and the ongoing Islamic inquisition continues in nations like Somalia.”
ChristianNewsWire: “Despite Communist North Korea topping the annual Open Doors World Watch List (WWL) for the ninth consecutive year, the most dangerous countries in which to practice Christianity are overwhelmingly Islamic ones.”
CNN: “Dutch authorities have arrested 12 men of Somali origin they believe were about to carry out a terrorist attack, authorities said Saturday.”
Crosswalk: “Nurta Mohamed Farah, who had fled her village of Bardher, Gedo Region to Galgadud Region to live with relatives after her parents tortured her for leaving Islam, died on Nov. 25. Area sources said they strongly suspected that the two unidentified men in Galgadud Region who shot her in the chest and head with a pistol were relatives or acting on their behest.”
Garowe Online: “Somali hardliners have accused the Horn of Africa country’s separatist region of Somaliland for allowing Christian missionaries to open schools and commence Christian religious teaching in the predominantly Muslim country, Radio Garowe reports.”
San Diego Union Tribune: “The arrest of the leader of a City Heights mosque, a man described as a revered figure who was known for advocating nonviolence and tolerance, has stunned the close-knit Somali community in City Heights, where many refugees of the war-torn country live, work and pray.”
Associated Press: “The two accused spies died amid a fusillade of bullets from a firing squad organized by a hardline Islamist militia. The condemned pair were only girls, aged 15 and 18, and their grieving relatives say they were uneducated, usually stayed at home and could not have spied for anyone.”
Pioneer Press: “Police are investigating a large Somali gang human trafficking ring that is based in Minnesota and has a Tennessee connection, according to a search warrant affidavit.”
CNN: “Armed Islamist militants raided and looted two radio stations in Somalia’s beleaguered capital this weekend, according to statements issued Sunday by the government’s Ministry of Information and a Somali journalists’ group.”
CNSNews: “The U.S. was slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown radicals and the government has failed to put systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon, according to a new report compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11 Commission. The report says U.S. authorities failed to realize that Somali-American youths traveling from Minnesota to Mogadishu in 2008 to join extremists was not an isolated issue. Instead, the movement was one among several instances of a broader, more diverse threat that has surfaced across the country.”
The Christian Post: “Another member of an underground Christian movement in Somalia has been murdered by Muslim insurgents in a continuing campaign to eliminate converts from Islam.”
Associated Press: “The continuous fighting started Aug. 23 after the militant group al-Shabab threatened a ‘massive’ war against government forces, who are backed by African Union peacekeepers . . . . Militants, some of whom have pledged allegiance to al-Qaida, are trying to overthrow Somalia’s weak, U.N.-backed government and install a harsh interpretation of Islamic law.”
Associated Press: “Fighting in Somalia’s capital flared for a third straight day Wednesday, killing eight people and pushing the week’s death toll past 80 as insurgents tried to force government troops back toward the presidential palace, officials said.”
The Christian Post: “Two Somali Muslim men attacked a well-known Somali church leader in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa over the weekend, according to a Washington-based Christian human rights group.”
Associated Press: “Islamist fighters in Somalia said Friday that they seized food from the World Food Program from markets in Mogadishu and burned more than 500 bags of maize and wheat.”
Catholic Culture: “Al-Shabaab, an Islamic insurgent group that controls most of southern and central Somalia, has expelled three Christian aid groups from the southern part of the nation. ‘Acting as missionaries under the guise of humanitarian work, the organizations have been spreading their corrupted ideologies in order to taint the pure creed of the Muslims in Somalia,’ Al-Shabaab said in a statement.”
The Christian Post: “Somalia’s underground Christian community is asking fellow believers worldwide to pray for their safety during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. The tiny Christian population is regularly persecuted by Islamic extremists. They are requesting that fellow Christians pray they can live in peace with their Muslim neighbors.”
Associated Press: “The government announced Thursday that it has charged 14 people as participants in ‘a deadly pipeline’ to Somalia that routed money and fighters from the United States to the terrorist group al-Shabab.”
Christian Today: “A human rights organisation has learned that members of the Al-Qaeda linked Somali Islamist group, Al-Shabaab, publicly executed a Christian convert from Islam. The execution occurred in Hudur district, Somalia, on July 1. International Christian Concern (ICC) reported that Muhammad Guul Hashim Idiris, a Christian convert from Islam, was travelling from Kalafo, an Ethiopian border town. He planned to visit his mother in Mogadishu.”
Christian Post: “’When the woman’s family found out that she converted to Christianity, she was beaten badly but insisted on her new-found religion,’ said the source on condition of anonymity.”
Reuters: “Somali Islamist militants killed two people and arrested dozens of others for breaking a ban on watching the World Cup on television, residents said.”
Compass Direct News: “Islamic militants in Somalia tracked down an underground church leader who had previously escaped a kidnapping attempt and killed him last week, Christian sources said.”
Christian Post: “Islamic extremists shot the leader of an underground church to death outside the capital city of Somalia this month and have threatened to kill his wife, his tearful widow told Compass.”
Catholic Culture: “The list compiled by Open Doors was dominated by Islamic governments. Conspicuously absent from the ‘top 10′ list were China and Vietnam . . The top 10 persecutors on the Open Doors list were . . . ”
EuropeNews: “Christian accused of trying to convert Muslim teenager found shot on Mogadishu street. Islamic extremists controlling part of the Somali capital of Mogadishu this month executed a young Christian they accused of trying to convert a 15-year-old Muslim to Christianity.”
AP: “The president of Somalia on Sunday denounced the recruiting of young men from Minnesota’s huge Somali community for terrorist activity in his war-ravaged homeland, and said he plans to work with the U.S. government to bring those still alive back home.”
Compass Direct News: “Islamic militants in Somalia this week killed a woman who led an underground Christian movement in the war-torn country . . . Hussein’s death comes a few weeks after the rebel militants killed another one of the leaders of Somalia’s Christian movement for distributing Bibles.”
Christian Post: “Somali Islamic extremists beheaded four Christians recently after kidnapping them last month, according to eyewitness accounts reported to International Christian Concern (ICC) . . . the bodies will not be given to them [ie. the family] ‘as Somalia does not have cemeteries for infidels,’ according to a report received by the ICC.”
WorldNetDaily: “An al-Qaida-linked terror group has been identified as the organization that dragged off three children of a Christian father in Somalia and executed two of them by beheading, according to a horrifying new report from Compass Direct News.”
Hartford Courant (AP): “A congressionally backed panel said today that religious freedoms were deteriorating in Russia, Turkey and four other nations that were added to a watch list of countries where people’s rights to worship as they please or not to worship at all are at risk.”
The Independent reports: The 23-year-old woman was placed in a hole up to her neck for the execution late yesterday in front of hundreds of people in a square in the southern port of Kismayu, which the Islamist insurgents captured …
Assist News Service reports: Among at least 24 aid workers killed in Somalia this year was one who was beheaded last month specifically for converting from Islam to Christianity, among other charges, according to an eyewitness . . . According …
The BBC reports: “The al-Shabab group took control of Kismayo in fierce fighting last month. They say they will build a mosque on the site of the colonial-era church, which has not been used for many years . . . …
CWNews reports: The widow of a British resident who was shot and killed in Somalia on April 14 has told the BBC that she is certain her husband died “because he was born a Muslim but converted to Christianity.”